Del E. Webb Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder primarily supports causes related to children and health in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Unsolicited letters of application are continuously accepted.

FUNDING AREAS: Children, health

IP TAKE: Here’s a funder that seems amazingly transparent with its grantmaking process. The website may look a bit dated, but it includes useful information about who has submitted LOIs, who’s been invited to send a full proposal, and the status of pending applications.

PROFILE: The Del E. Webb Foundation is based in Prescott, Arizona, and carries on the giving legacy of the successful construction professional of the same name. Del E. Webb was born in Fresno, California, but moved to Phoenix as a young man. Webb’s construction company gained major government construction contracts during World War II, but he is best known for building the first large retirement community in the country. These developments in active retirement living led to the “snowbird culture” that still exists in the Phoenix area today. Webb was also a huge baseball fan and semi-professional baseball player, which led to his co-ownership of the New York Yankees later in life.

This foundation supports nonprofits in Arizona, Nevada, and California. Primary interests are children and health, with an emphasis on long-term benefits and permanent improvements. As a rule, Webb does not support the arts, music, sports, political or religious activities, runs, galas, fundraising activities, scholarships, government agencies, fiscal sponsors, or organizations that award grants to others.

Nonprofits in Arizona, Nevada, and California should start the application process by verifying that they qualify for a grant via online quiz and then submitting a one-page letter of intent. The necessary forms can be found here and there are no deadlines for letters of intent. Finally, the process to submit a full grant application involves sending in three documents: the downloadable application form, the financial info form, and a copy of your most recent 990 tax return.

Webb grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $5 million. To be considered at the next available board meeting, it is typically necessary to get applications in by mid-March, mid-June, mid-September, or mid-December. Board meetings take place in mid-April, mid-July, mid-October, and mid-January.

Interestingly, the foundation actually posts the names of organizations that have submitted letters of intent within the last three months, the purposes of the funds, and the dollar amounts. Scroll through the Grantees’ Area to get a sense of your competition, the types of projects under consideration, and how much to ask for. On the funder’s website you can find lists of the ideal characteristics of grantees and of organizations that have received funding. Recent support in Arizona has gone to Catholic Charities Community Services, the Flagstaff Family Food Center, and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

There is only one staff member, grant administrator Staci Robbins. The board president is Larry Johnson, who serves with four other directors.

The foundation can be reached at 928-445-9699. Grantseeker inquiries can be directed to Grants@DEWF.org, and general information requests to Info@DEWF.org. Email is the preferred method of contact. The address is 141 S. McCormick Street, Suite 100, P.O. Box 2427, Prescott, Arizona 86303.

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